The parliamentary press gallery is whining over the practice by Prime Minister's Office of compiling advance lists of media organizations who want to question Prime Minister Harper at news conferences.
Apparently, Harper rarely sits down in the National Press Theatre to answer questions—there, journalists serve as moderators and questions are asked on a first-come, first-served basis. The PM seems to prefer the foyer of the House of Commons, where his aides take names but apparently offer no guarantee of the order in which he will call on reporters—or even that he’ll call on everybody on the list.
The policy was instituted two years ago, and at that time the Prime Mininster’s Office said it wanted to preserve decorum and avoid disorder.
Sounds like a good idea to me. But the press gallery are like a bunch of spoils brats: it’s their way or no way. According to The Canadian Press:
“A number of news organizations, including The Canadian Press, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star, have protested the rules by refusing to put their names on the PMO list of questioners.
“The CBC, which usually boycotts the list as well, participated Thursday—but said it did so only because a PMO staffer assured its reporter that every organization on the list would get a question.”
Get over it people; just do your jobs. Who says you get to make all the rules.